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they at times firing upon him, and he on them.
The noise of the musquets, and their approach, attracted the attention of the people embarked, and shopped their further proceedings. To-morrow-Morning came in sight, and gave notice that :he enemy was fomc In the twinkling of an eye, a few of Pomarre's musquetcers, not yet in their canoes, sprang forward lo the comhat. A successful discharge of their pieces obliged the rebels in an instant t« turn their backs and fly. In the m?an time the seamen and soldiers rehnded, and joined in the pursuit of the flying foe; who, in a very peculiar manner, after running some space, in a moment rallied, and faced their pur'sucrs. Some of Capt. B.'s party were sufficiently near for the attack. The sight of the Europeans overpowered the rebels; their spirit failed them, and they now fled in different directions: some made for the mountains to the right ami left ; and others directly for their strong holds; to the entrance of which they were chaccd.
This most unlocked- for dispensation of Providence proved highly advantageous for Pomarre, as God gave into his hands seventeen of the rebels, who weie. killed upon the spot; all fighting men, invtterare enemies, and arnongthem one of the principal ringleaders of the rebellion. Many others were wounded, bat escaped. Though we may be thankful tcGod for the subduingof thMe who delight in war, ind are averse to peace,—yet, we find much cause to lament the extreme depravity of rna»*s nature, wiiich admits no hounds t^ rovenge and tcuelty, when resentment is roused, and power obtained to execute it. Ea h t>t the seventeen bodies was treated in the most wantonly barbarous manner:—j>ic*rced with spears, beat with clubs, dashecAvith stones, derided, scoffed, and otherwise maltreated; as if now susceptible of pain, or aftVclcd by their taunts.
Pomarre thought the rebellion was 'crushed, and that he should Jiave nothing more ro do the next morning than to go and take possession of their string holds, and Wreak, his unpityinpr ai-ger on these who should fall into his hands. Captain Bishop seeing such a sudden change of circumstances (for air that was done was accomplished while the rain lasted, which was less than an hour) determined to remain the night,and give the finishing blow to th? war.
On Monday, morning they marched op to therntrcnthmrpts,which are about four milrs and a half from the beach; but how Jtt.i: was thciv surprise, when, instead of firri-ng them abandoned (the plunder of which v:as already seized on in their imagir.arons) th'y saw every part that could
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lively as ever. They could do no mow than discharge several musquets u,)oii them, which could do them but little hurt; and after a while, return to the fleet. A woman, an ambassadress, was permitted to pa:s between the parties. She carried an account to the rebels of those who had been killed, and how they were treated. They received the intelligence wiih seeming indirference; said that they did not know them ; and as for the slain chief, they supposed that he had been carried awav by the riv;r, and not slain by the royalists. The surviving ringleader or the rebellion, a relation of Pomarre's, named Tahtahace, bade the ambassadress acquaint Pomarre, that when tbey had done to him as they bad done to Rooa (the name of the chief killed) then, and not till then, there would be peace in the land.
Capt. Bishop knowing that Capt. Simpson could not be detained longer from prosecuting his voyage, returned with the boat, leaving fifteen men with Poinarrr. Brother Elder also retsrned. Pomarre h»» not lost in the expedition any man kiil-d, and but four wounded: one of whom was by his own party, by mistake. One of ihe Norfolk's men received a slight blow on his hip with a stone. On Tuesday Pomarre sent the Europeans home, and removed his fleet about twelve miles nearer Mattaval, and there encamped.
Upon the whole, this short campaign, through the meicy of God, has tended \rry much to destroy the strength of the prevailing commotion. The two ehiefs above named (on? of whom is dead) mav be considered as the life of the rebellion. Th-.-ir fighning men remaining are but few. As for the body of the people, on both sides, they are always spectators; and prepared to rly, or plunder, and exercise cruelties on those wounded or slain.
Respecting our personal safety, while God is pleased to continue the means he has afforded us, there is little probability vow that we shall be assailed in our habitations. But the Venus is expected every hoyr; on her arrival, Capt. Bishop and mm will quit the island, if not also Capt. House and men. Should that occur, and the disturbances of the island not be settled, wh.it may follow, we cannot tell. The Porpoise is looked for; but her coming is dubious. We have suffered considerably by the present distresses, through destroying several inclosures of gardens, and gardens themselves, and pulling down our chapel: all which was done to clear around us, a% much as possible, in order to prercnt au unseen ni proach, and ai>o the filing of our dwelling from the flames of thecharr!, should it be burnt r it being close tt> t^e dwelling how. The Society's labour aui«t e*oene* t-n erectincr the fence- Sec. and C%\ *5vatmg t"he ground, ^as been very ?r at: mnd \\ycy ate /tojv tinned. Our stockot useful articles, to pay our workmen, is almost expended; so that should peace be restored, we shall not be able readily to replace our atlairs in their former situation.
The work of preaching the Gospel continues; and so far the Lord has over- ruled the disorder; or the land, by giving several/hundreds of this island-and himeo, an opportunity to henr the word of salvation, ■who never before did hear it; and, perhaps, "Would not have* heard it for months to come. One circuit of the island was taken just before the rebellion broke our, and the Gospel preached in every district, except Attahooroo. In the -midst of great darkness and perplexity of mind, we sometimes have a gleam of hope that God is humbhng this.people, and thereby preparing them for a rworc cheerful and universal reception of his word. Oroo has, of late, oh two Sabbath-days, desired to hear the word of Jehovah; which was accordingly spoken to linn, and others of his family, and many of his subjects, that he assembled to hear. He seems to have some idea that th-re is but one God; and expresses no dislike to any part of the plan of salvation, Eo far as he can comprehend it. Pomarrc is a most bigottcd man, and is, as it were, the soul of his country's abominable superstition.
The civil war that existed in Ryatreeaf, when the Royal Admiral was here, has lately been quelled; and the chief remains in his full power. Since Pom*ire's retreat from Tyaraboo to Mattavai, a tlame of a like nature broke out at Eimeos but I'omarre sent over a strong party, which, for the present, eniuguishcd it, with the loss of twenty of the rebels.
From the statement of ihe -foregoing particulars, we leave it to our rumoured fathers and brethren's" better judgment, to consider, whether or net"it would not be expedient to fcx such a body of Missionaries on OtahciK-, and to accommodate them with every necessary, as to be independent of the support of the chiefs; and not to stand or fall as they stood or fell; and whence also the Gospel may be dispersed abroad arming the neighbouring islands, « the leadings-of Providence directed the -way. This, we say again, that had not God in his great mercy, unexpectedly and singulariv lodged Capt Bishop and men on. the island, and wrecked the Norfolk, on our coast, we should this day most assuredly have been, with Pomarrc, &c. expelled ihr island (if not some of our lives tat off) and our usefulness, it may be, at SB end.
Through the mercy of our Heavenly Fajher, we, in general, enjoy a good portion
of health and strength. Our prayers are for ZionS increase and prosperity. Wo beseech you to pray for us.
I irma.n, Pear and rumoured Fathers and Brethren, Your aifcclionatc brethren and sifters in the Lord. Jthu* J Rf Feu Son*,
for the SocietyTo the D'rrt&ort of the Miuienaty Society,
Extract of Lrtter fnm Mr. Henry la Mr. S. Ptru/cr, of Lt>ndon9 eland 7#tyi, x«©2. i
"Nomjxrs of people, who, from different disrr.cTs, flock toMattavai for refuge, now hear the word of life: and Oioo's mind is so far changed, and his superstition so diminished, that, instead of being greatly averse to our preaching the doctrines of Christianity in the land, and using all his influence (secretly at least) to deter the , people from hearing them, as u'c expected he would, when we should commence our public exercises, he happily rather countenances and encourages ojr labours in this way- and last Sabbath, and the Sabbath but one before, requested to hear the word of God; and was, with the rest of the royal family, and some hundreds of peoplr, assembled by fcis orders, addressed on the first Sabbath by Brother Jirferson: and on the last by Biother Nott; but not so many people were assembled then as on the former occasion.
"As a proof of ou-r toleration here, and the liberties we enjoy in propagating our religion, I shall just relate an occurrence of last Sabbath. Mrs. Eyrr and Henry taking a walk, in the afternoon, towards the king's rjousv, which is but a small distance from ours, for the benefit of the air, the king sent to them* and invited them in; and while they were sitting with him, he took it into his head to: unci for nie. When I tame 10 him, he placed me close hy his side, as he usually does any of us when we vis t him; and after a little conversation had pasued between us, about the ship in the harbour and other things, he mentioned the sacred name of jfi-bovul*, in the broken manner the natives in general do. I his I pronounced Tetx/vab (the He* brew pronunciation of it) and he repeated it after me very properly. I then told him, this was a sacred and powerful name, ar.d oot to be mentioned irreverently: and-took, occasion, to represent Jehovah as *he only true God, and to point out his power and greatness, as the Creator of all ihings; observing, that the gods of Taherte were ffnly evil spirits, banished by Jehovah tothcPo^,
for their rebellion against him; and that tnld them, would tike up toomueh time;
there were many such, who deceive men, suliice it briefly to observe, that I. treated
desiring their dcsttu£\ion; that our fore- ofthcFaU,—the way and method of salva
fathers in Britain were deceived by them tion by jesus Christ,—and the happiness or
in time past, and worshipped them, and misery of the souls ot men after death,—
images like the Tahcitans, until the serv- of the resurrection, and of the misery of the
ants of the true Godcamethcre,andtaught wicked, and happiness of the righteous
them his word; which thry attending to afterward. All which things the king lis
mnd receiving, cast away their false gods, tencd to with attention and apparent pl#a
and took Jehovah for their God, and strved sure; nnd when 1 was about to depart, he
him Thus much of my discourse to him requested me to meet him, with the reft of
and his attendants, on this occasion, is the brethren, in the evening, to teach him
sufficient to shew what liberties we may and the people again the word of Gudx
take, Stc. To relate, in order, alt that I which was done as bLlorc related."
THE ANNUAL MEETING
On Wednesday morning, May n, the Rev. S. Uottotnl/y, of Scarborough, will preach at Surry Chapel. At Three in the afternoon the Society meet for business. In the evening,, the Rev. T. Young, late of Canterbury, is to preach at the Tabernacle.
On Thursday morning the Society meet for business, at Teno'clock. In the evening, the Rev. GrtvilU Eiv'mg, of Glasgow, will preach at Tottenham Court Chapel.
On Friday morning the Rev. "JeremiahWeivell, Vicar of Great Misscnden, and Perpetual Curate of Lee, Bucks,, will preach at ShadweU Church. In the evening, a general communion at Sion Chapel.
The morning-services will commence at Half Past Ten; and the evening-£ervit\es at Six. The Meetings for business will be held, as usual, at J-Jaberdasliers' Hall, Staining Lane, Wood Street.
The Religious Iran Society will meet at Seven o'clock on the Thursday morning, at St. Paul's Coffec-House.
Ministers, and other Gentlemen attending the Missionary Meeting, may render important service, by bringing with them authentic documents respecting the want of Bibles in their different neighbourhoods. Various means will occur lor ascertaining the fact; probably, much information may be obtained by enquiring with minuteness and care among the children suppoucd in Charity-Schools.—A particular attention to this hint is earnestly requested,
From the Basil Society, by the Rev. Mr. Stcinko] fif £. 36 o o
Spread of the Gospel, by Mr. Campbell — 19 1+ 9
A Letter from Professor Young
Marbeurgb, Match 13, 1803. 1 hope you .have received my letter of Honoured Sirs, and, in our blessed Re- the 27th of February, in which I nieniideetner, dearly beloved Brethren! oned the principal occurrences of my life; I Am not able to describe how greatly and expressed a wish that it might please I am arlcAcd by your benevolence, zeal, the Lord my God, in his gracious prnviand activity, in the work of the Lord; and dene**, to re lease n;e from ail worldly em* how much your example excites me to ploymcnts, so that I might live anci laexert myself more and more for the sal- bour fur him and his cause alone, v.ition of my h'llow-men. When I re- Although this is still my heart's deceived the agreeable letter of our dear Bro- sire, yet I am quite easy, and resigned to ther SteinkbpfF, with your draft for 28I. the will of God; he will continue to guide my wife happening to sit by me, my head me according to his good 'pleasrrc, and sun£ upon her bosom ; and 1 was moved that is the best for myelf, and lor my use* «o tears of gratitude to God, and to you. I fulness in his kingdom. indorsed the draft to a friend at Frauli- I likewise requested you t» defer '.endfort, who received the money for it. ing cs any money, as we would tim tr»
what we could do in Germany. This I did, expence and trouble are lost. Therefore i in order to spare you, and not to be bur: appcars to me the best mtinad, tu clatic thenso.ne to you; but now you have been the principles of Christianity and goaliness beforehand with us. May Jesus Christ, 'In the form of slots, citiet real or notthe King of Heaven and Earth, abundantly tious; so as in aduun stering inedicine to bless the donors of this gift of charity, in children we mix it with sugar, lo render it fluence their hearts by his Spirit, and make palatable, and induce them to take it. I them all blessed instruments for the pro- an convinced, by long experience, that motion of his kingdom, and for his glory, this is an excellent mesod, and very efin time and cternity.
lectual; for having frequently inserted The thirteenth number of " The Hoary such stories into almanacks, I have obe Man" is now in the press; in which I served, that they have been eagerly read have again called upon all my serious by citizens and peasant. This has is. readers to follow the example of the Euge dved me to form the following plan : lish Tract Society. We shall soon see what I am now writing a tract, enlisted, “The effect it will produce. I am in great hopes Christian Friend, or Stores for Citizens chat the use to which I have applied your and Peasants." This first Number conremittance of 281. will produce a strong taios only one story; lut full of instruc- ! sensation, and occasion many to join tion, and particularly adapted to the lower Themselves to me, and assist me with class of people. It will contain about eight money for the purpose of distributing sheets in print; aud rent week I shall tracts. I shall inform you, dear brethren, foish it, and serd it to Nurenberg; bce irom time to time, what success I have cause our friend Mr. Ray, the printer there, But as you would probably like to know is himself a Christiar, and will conseto what use I have applied the 281. I will quently make no gain of it. Thus I write detail to you my whole plan. We are, gratis, and Mr. Rau sens me as many it is true, pretty well provided with small conies as he can afford for the 281. or 312 tracts for edification in Germany ; but, in gorders, orly deducting the price of the general, they are not so calculated as to' paper and the wages paid io bis men. I excite the attention of the unconverted' expect he will be able to send me 8co among the common people, and them we copies; which I will send to such minis. should have particularly in our view; for ters as I know to be truly pious throughout as to the pious of that class, they find op all Germany, with a request to distribute portunities çnough, either of receiving thein among the common people. But as gratis some edifying books, or they scrape ihere will be many who would like to buy together a few pence to buy one. These the book, Mr. Rau may afterwards reprint are, therefore, not the proper objects of our it, and sell it on his own account. I shall care, because they belong already to the also send a few copies to you, beloved kingdom of Jesus, and he cares for them brethren, and request you, if you think himself. But our principal care must be proper, to get it translated into English by direcied to the unconverted of the lower a skilful hand, being persuaded that it will class, that as many of them as possible be attended with good etteris in England might be converted and become reai Chris. 100. I shall then likewise send you the tians : for this end, it is of no manner of account and the list of those to whom the use to supply them with edifyi:g books, books are sent, that you may sce how written in a dry sermonizing style. Such your money has been applied. May the books they accept, perhaps, with thanks, Lord be with you, and with your brother look into them once or twice, and then layto eternity!
H. YOUNG. them by for good and all; and thus all the
DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE. SUNDAY, March 27, a Sermon was On Thursday, March 31, a deputacion preached for the Deaf and Dumb Charity, from the body of Protestant Dissenting at St. George's Church, Bloomsbury, from Ministers, in and about London, waited on Mark vii. 37, by the Rev.S. Crowther; his Majesty, at' the Cheen's Palace, with after which a collection was made of sol. a Congratulaiorv Address, on his late profor the Charity.
vidental deliverance, The Address was The same day the Rev, R. Hill preached presented by Mr. Palmer, of Hackney, and the two Annual Sermons for the benefit of signed by Dr. Rees, Dr Fipron, and winethe Surry Sunday-Schools, at Surry Chapel, teen other Ministers of the three denomi.
April 11, being Easter Monday, Mr. H. rations." To which bis Majesty returned oreached his Annual Sermon to Children; a gracious answer; and they all had the chem between three and four thousand were honour of kissing his tiand . present, besides adults. We understand
April 12, The Rev. I Fowler, laie of he is also engaged to preach before the Shecroess, was set apart over a new inSurre Mission Society.on Tuesday Morn. terest of Rrotestant Dissenters at Edmon
DAUGHTER of Zion, join the pensive strain ;
For EYRE,—thy lov'd, thy honourd Eyre, is dead.
Rich schemes of wide benevolence for men :
And useless now his once instructive pen.
Enchain'd the list'ning crowds to heav'nly themes ;
And 'woke delusion from its wanton dreams.
Nor morals borrow'd from some heathen's shrine,
And reach'd the heart with energy divine,
That fixt their faith, and bade their fruits increase ;
Asd sooth'd the mourner into gentle peace,
That swept such mellow'd talents down to dust :
Thy ways, O God, are wise, and good, and just,
Those blest returns that lioly tervour bring i;
In buds of proinise fair began to spring
And war and havoc spread destruction wide;
To still the storm, and stem thi o'erwhelming tide,
And Sin and Error bound in chains the soul,
And dare with Martyrs' zeal the fiends controul,
Truth's radiant hemisphere still wide expands
O'er Afric's coast, and India's distant lands.
And southern isles embosom'd in the sea :
Their wretched sons, Alnuighty Truth, from thee.
† The Annual Meetings of the Missionary Society, which is referred to in the